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Urban agriculture organizations want their soil tested after Chevron refinery fire


Release of the flammable vapor cloud that led to the fire at the Chevron Oil refinery in Richmond Calif, Aug 6, 2012. Photo by Tony Lee.

Contra Costa Health Services say Richmond-grown fruits and vegetables are safe to eat and that they don’t expect any impact from the fire on soil or compost

By Wendi Jonassen
Richmond Confidential is an online news service produced by the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley for, and about, the people of Richmond, California.
August 24, 2012

Excerpt:

After the Chevron refinery fire sent plumes of black smoke laden with chemicals into the air, Urban Tilth, one of Richmond’s urban agriculture organizations, wants the soil it uses to grow food tested for heavy metals.

Though the Contra Costa Health Services say Richmond-grown fruits and vegetables are safe to eat and that they don’t expect any impact from the fire on soil or compost, Doria Robinson, the executive director of Urban Tilth, said she worries about heavy metals like lead, arsenic, or mercury in the soil.

Other organic compounds that entered the air during the fire, like chloroform and ethanol, can be washed away, Robinson said, but heavy metals that can fall into the soil are particularly dangerous and hard to remove.

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August 25, 2012   Comments Off

Emi Do from Yummy Yards in Vancouver – “Meet your Urban Farmer” series

5th “Meet your Urban Farmer” video

By Vita Mavronicolas, Digital Storyteller
Fire and Light Media Group
August 23, 2012

Meet Emi Do from Yummy Yards Farm.

Emi is a city girl with a passion for growing delicious, fresh vegetables in an ecologically, personally and economically sustainable way. Wholly believing in the therapeutic benefit that growing food can bring into our lives, Emi is using Yummy Yards as a vehicle to bring this powerful tool into the lives of her urban counterparts.

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August 25, 2012   1 Comment